With September now in the rearview mirror, October comes with a lineup of impressive mobile devices to look forward to.
This month promises anticipated releases from smartphone brands, including Google, Samsung, Redmi, and OnePlus
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
The long-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S23 FE will have its launch in October alongside the Galaxy Buds FE.
Galaxy FE fans will be happy with this one because there was no FE (Fan Edition) launches last year.
In terms of design, the S23 FE will closely resemble the flagship S23 series, however with a few cost-cutting measures to make it more budget-friendly. The device will sport a plastic back design, a smooth 120Hz display, and a 50MP primary sensor, a first for the FE series.
The big debate, however, revolves around the processor – either the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 or the Exynos 2200. The choice of processor will likely depend on the region, with the Snapdragon expected for the USA and Asia and the Exynos for European countries.
Redmi Note 13 Series
The midrange Redmi lineup will comprise three models: the Redmi Note 13, Note 13 Pro, and Note 13 Pro Plus. Having already launched in China, these phones are expected to reach other regions by the second week of October.
The Redmi Note 13 series will feature 120Hz AMOLED displays across all models. The base variant, Redmi Note 13, will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 6080 processor, while the Note 13 Pro will feature the Snapdragon 7s Gen 1. The Pro Plus will sport the Dimensity 7200 Ultra processor in addition to a 200MP camera.
Vivo V29 Series
The Vivo V29 series, consisting of the V29, V29e, V29 Lite and V29 Pro, is set to launch on October 4th. Vivo’s V-series has gained recognition for offering well-rounded phones with excellent cameras, performance, and aesthetics at midrange prices.
Rumours suggest that the base V29 will feature the Snapdragon 778G processor, while the V29 Pro will boast the newer MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset. Both models will come equipped with curved AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate.
You can anticipate a 50MP OIS main camera and a 50MP selfie camera for photography.
The rear camera also features a 12MP ultra-wide and 2MP depth sensor.
Newcomers to the foldable market, like Tecno and Google, may have a decent edge in the market. These brands have earlier models to draw inspiration from and can strategically price their devices to their advantage.
October might witness a new player in the foldable phone market – OnePlus.
Having eagerly awaited the release of the OnePlus foldable device for the past two months, I’ll put aside the rumours and wait for the official launch.
Google Pixel 8 Series
Google’s Pixel 8 series is generating excitement among its fans. Google is renowned for its innovation in smartphone photography and software, and this year’s offerings are no exception. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are slated to launch on October 4th, and Google promises a number of ‘groundbreaking’ AI features.
Both phones will be powered by the all-new Tensor G3 chipset. The Pixel 8 Pro will feature a triple camera setup, including a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, and a 48MP telephoto lens. The battery on the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to be 5000mAh with 27W wired charging.
The base Pixel 8 will have a dual camera setup: a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide lens, complemented by a 4,485mAh battery.
Both devices are expected to retain the 10.8MP selfie camera on the Pixel 7 series.
However, the true marvel lies in their AI capabilities.
Google’s Pixel 8 series could come with an array of AI enhancements that can alter facial expressions, swap faces in photos, change lighting conditions, and even reposition objects within a frame.